On January 23, SCUT and the Tianhe District Government officially initiated the project of building the SCUT Affiliated Tianhe Hospital, which was planned as a Class IIIA public hospital*.
A framework agreement to facilitate the joint effort was signed by SCUT President Wang Yingjun and Tianhe District Governor Chen Jiameng. The ceremony was witnessed by Secretary of the CPC SCUT Committee Zhang Xichun, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering He Jingtang, Guangzhou Deputy Mayor Li Ming, and Secretary of the CPC Tianhe District Committee Lin Daoping.
Also known as the Second General Hospital of Tianhe District, the SCUT Affiliated Tianhe Hospital will be the ninth Class III hospital in the Tianhe District of Guangzhou.
It will be located at the Kemu Langgui Ridge in the northeast of the district, an area that convenes a great number of high-end information service companies, showing a prospect of hosting 300,000 residents in the future. This new medical facility, covering 87 mus (5.8 hectares) with 1,000 beds included in the current plan, was designed to meet residents' increasing demands on medical and health services.
The project is also an experimental attempt to develop new patterns of government-university collaboration. The hospital will be directly affiliated to SCUT, which will be dealing with hospital operation and personnel management, while the District Government is responsible for providing lands, as well as constructing buildings and installing supporting infrastructures.
* Hospitals in China are organized according to a 3-tier system that recognizes Class IIIA hospitals as the largest ones that provide top specialist health services and perform a bigger role with regard to medical education and scientific research.